November Wrap-Up

Why have I not been using these cute pictures of puppies from my calendar for my monthly wrap-ups?!

November Reads

My November reading got off to a bit of a poor start due to abandoning another book halfway through (ugh).

I started reading "The Versions of Us" by Laura Barnett, which piqued my interest because it tells three different versions of a boy-meets-girl story. I imagined the book being structured as all of version one, then version two, then version three. Instead, it switched around constantly. You'd read how the two characters met three different ways, then what happened after that three different ways, etc.

Unfortunately, I think it was the frequent switching of storylines that prevented me from connecting with the characters. I couldn't get invested enough to want to keep reading. (Has anyone read this book? What are your thoughts on it?)

Luckily I still got through three other books by the end of the month.

10 Great Quotes From Anna Kendrick's Memoir

I've been excited about Anna Kendrick's book for a while now, but even more so after seeing her in person two weeks ago. It did not disappoint.

The book holds the "I'm a celebrity and I'm relatable" feel you'd expect, but in a way that actually feels genuine. She makes fun of herself a lot. She gives us behind-the-scenes insight on what she was really thinking and feeling during times we've seen her on stage or on the screen.

As I read, I was constantly pulling out my phone to jot down a quote into my Notes.

Here are ten of my favorites:

Words For 24

Enjoy your mornings, even Mondays. Find the silver lining. Take selfies, post selfies. Confidence and self-love do not equate to arrogance. Put yourself first when you need it. Put your friends first when they need it. Accept that people express love in different ways. Wear comfy underwear to the gym. Who cares about panty lines – you're there to do some work. Screw cleanses and diets. Eat everything, in moderation. Stand up for yourself. Work for what you want. Take the leap, even if you're afraid. Especially if you're afraid. Say what you need to say. You can't expect anyone to know how you feel if you don't say anything. Put your energy into good things and good people. Compliment others. Don't hold grudges. Pick your battles. Apologize, forgive. Others and yourself. Do your best, always.

Attending Anna Kendrick's
Book Tour

Last night, I attended Anna Kendrick's book tour for her newly released memoir, "Scrappy Little Nobody." I had never been to an event like this before, and while going places solo isn't something I do too often, I did this time, and I'm glad I went.

Anna Kendrick has a reputation of being silly, honest, and down-to-earth. Seeing her in person yesterday only solidified that. She has to make a conscious effort not to let swear words slip, she hates making her bed (so she rarely does it), and she thinks adding "author" to her list of credentials makes her look like a dick. Despite being famous, she's still just a regular person trying to make sense of life. And I know how cheesy that sounds. It warrants an eye-roll. But I believe it.

Asking The Question:
What Do You Need & When Are You Gonna Say It?

This year, I'm signed up for Laura Jane Williams' #AskTheQuestion, which she describes as "'non-advice' on writing your own answers for a bullshit-free life." Once a week for 12 weeks, you get a story, an interview, and a question in your inbox, which will make you examine your own life.

Three days ago, on a sleepy Monday morning, sitting wrapped in a blanket, sipping my coffee, I read the first of 12 and have been thinking about it since:

What do you need and when are you gonna say it?

Finding Your Spark:
Big Dreams, Epic Fails, And A Flare For The Dramatic

I decided to start the "Finding Your Spark" series to shine a light on different types of people who are following various paths – their OWN paths, whatever those may be. The whole idea is that there's no single way to live life and a person doesn't have to be "famous" to inspire others. These individuals have found what inspires them, motivates them, makes them happy. And they've run with it.